We know that group learning is better than individual study. And we also know that to truly understand a topic, we need to understand the big picture and the details.
So why do we take notes individually, and linearly?
Sitting in class, you might see hundreds of laptops open, and what do you see on them (besides Facebook?). Microsoft Word.
Your notes will be slightly different than your neighbors. Maybe you really understand the topic, and type up a great analogy. Or maybe you’re completely lost, but three rows down someone explained it better in her notes than the prof did (not much of a feat, sometimes). And did it in 8 words.
And, more importantly, you often completely forget what the whole point of the lecture is.
- What were we supposed to be learning?
- How did this fit in with what we did last week?
- How important is this to the whole (and to the finals)?
Now, what if there was a way for the whole class to take notes together, at the same time, without stepping on each other’s toes?
What if you could see exactly where what you’re writing now fits in to the whole syllabus?
That’s what Gingko lets you do. All you need to do is:
- Create an account (5 seconds).
- Make a “Tree” for your class, and share the link on the board.
- Watch as, together, you build the tree of knowledge for your course.
You’ll be able to understand what’s going on, without having to frantically take notes, without straining to take in every word, or cramming at the end of the semester.
And you’ll ace the final.
*For Profs & Lecturers: you can stop preparing class notes for your students, and just create a syllabus tree, and give your students a head start.